Now A Major Motion Picture
The building where Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith shared their first apartment has hit the market! But in order to live in the Clinton Hill townhouse prospective owners will need to pony up more than the $80 a month that the couple paid to rent the second floor in 1967—the owner is asking $1 million.
In her book Just Kids, Ms. Smith writes about their first apartment at 160 Hall Street, where the two stayed up late painting and listening to records, making their early forays into the creative endeavors that would shape their lives.
Patti Smith will collaborate with John Logan (who wrote Any Given Sunday and Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming biopic Lincoln) on a screen adaptation of Just Kids. We vote for Charlotte Gainsbourg as Patti. (Or is that a terrible idea? She’s a little old for the part, no? Who smokes enough cigarettes these days?) And maybe Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Dunst as runner ups?
The list of the artists, writers, musicians and sundry other creative types who have lived at the Chelsea Hotel is staggering: Bob Dylan, Charles Bukowski, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Janis Joplin, Larry Rivers…
So, apparently, is the list of artworks that have disappeared from its walls over the years.
At the risk of blowing a good thing—you know, like when The New York Times runs a feature on a restaurant or neighborhood, thereby increasing its visibility and making it difficult for the rest of us to enjoy a good meal or even live in New York City—I have to recommend a trip to the Read More
Con Artists Caught Red-Handed;
Arrest Causes ‘Allergic Reaction’
In much the same way that the bird-watchers in Central Park get palpitations at the sight of a Connecticut warbler or a Louisiana waterthrush, so the cops have trouble containing their excitement when they happen upon a con game in progress, as the 19th Precinct’s grand-larceny Read More
On July 30, the heated legal skirmish that began six years ago when Michael Ward Stout, executor of the estate of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, initiated a $200 million defamation suit against Christie’s, came to a disarmingly quiet end. A single-paragraph statement on plain, letterhead-free paper noted that the auction house, the Mapplethorpe estate Read More
The letter from the Robert Miller Gallery to the president of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation came without warning. Dated March 18 and addressed to attorney Michael Ward Stout, who is the Mapplethorpe estate’s executor and the foundation’s president, the letter is signed by Mr. Miller’s wife, Sarah (Betsy) Wittenborn Miller, who is the gallery’s chief Read More
Michael Stout was a close friend of Robert Mapplethorpe-close enough that the late photographer took his portrait-though, in typical style, he made Mr. Stout pay for the honor. Since then, Mapplethorpe has made up for it: As executor of Mapplethorpe’s estate, Mr. Stout stands to make $3.7 million in fees, not to mention his earnings Read More